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January 2023

Light the Park

Thursday, Jan 26 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Rice Park, 109 4th Street W
Saint Paul, Minnesota 55102
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It's official - the 2023 Saint Paul Winter Carnival is here!  Join us at Rice Park and help celebrate the start of “The Coolest Celebration on Earth” on Thursday, January 26, 2023.  Gather your family and friends at Rice Park starting at 5:30 p.m., and at 6 p.m. we will “Light The Park” with help from the Royal Family, the Vulcans and the community members gathered in the park.  The first 200 people to arrive at the park will receive…

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2023 Multi-Block Ice Carving Competition

Thursday, Jan 26 @ 7:00 pm - Saturday, Jan 28 @ 7:00 pm
Rice Park, 109 4th Street W
Saint Paul, Minnesota 55102

The 2023 Multi-Block Ice Carving Competition starts Thursday, January 26 at 7 pm and ends Saturday, January 28 at 7 pm. Each team will be given 48 suspenseful hours and several blocks of ice to bring their frozen masterpieces to life. The Multi-Block Ice Carving Competition is guided by a strict set of rules, requiring artists to utilize their best creative thinking and remain incredibly attentive to all details. Judging immediately follows the completion of the contest. Be sure to check…

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Vocal Interpretations Prelims, Presented by Securian Financial

Thursday, Jan 26 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
$15

Calling all fans of the Saint Paul Winter Carnival who love to perform and entertain a crowd!  If you enjoy being on stage and want to have fun – this is your event!  Compete for cash prizes in our NEW event this year – Vocal Interpretations – a lip sync contest during the 2023 Saint Paul Winter Carnival.  Compete to your favorite song as a solo artist or in a small group.  The top competitors from preliminaries on January 26th will…

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Snow Park at the Fair- Snow Sculptures & More!

Friday, Jan 27 @ 8:00 am - Sunday, Feb 5 @ 10:00 pm
Minnesota State Fairgrounds, 1265 Snelling Ave N
Saint Paul, MN 55108
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Snow Park at the Fair Snow Sculpture Viewing

Visitors are encouraged to come out to the Vulcan Snow Park to watch sculptors at work during opening weekend (January 27-29). Finished sculptures remain on display for the duration of the Winter Carnival and are individually lit after dark for a truly special viewing and photography experience.  Sculptures are knocked down if they’re growing dangerously unstable, or may collapse on their own, so plan to visit them earlier in the week! Sculptures on display: Exhibition sculpture – A team of…

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Saint Paul Winter Carnival Ice Carvings

Friday, Jan 27 @ 4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Rice Park, 109 4th Street W
Saint Paul, Minnesota 55102
Free

Completed carvings may be viewed throughout the Winter Carnival (see open hours below). This signature Winter Carnival event returned as blocks of ice were transformed into beautiful masterpieces. Endless photo opportunities are available in Rice Park with the completed creations. Both team and individual ice carving competitions are guided by a strict set of rules, requiring artists to utilize their best creative thinking. Additionally, competitor's sculptures must be consistent with a sketch that was proposed and selected by the Selection…

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Royal Coronation, Presented by Priority Courier Experts

Friday, Jan 27 @ 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Saint Paul RiverCentre, 175 West Kellogg Blvd
Saint Paul, MN 55102 United States

The magic of the 10-day Winter Carnival festival begins with the Royal Coronation, Presented by Priority Courier Experts, where the new King Boreas – the Mighty Monarch of Ice & Snow, his Royal Guards, Aurora – Queen of the Snows, and the four Wind Princes and Princesses are revealed. Royal Dinner and Royal Coronation Schedule of Events: Friday, January 27, 2023 The Saint Paul Festival and Heritage Foundation proudly presents the Royal Coronation of Boreas Rex LXXXVI & Aurora, Queen…

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Winter Carnival Puzzle Contest

Saturday, Jan 28 @ 8:00 am - 5:30 pm
Landmark Center Cortile, 75 W 5th Street
Saint Paul, MN 55102 United States
$60

Are you a master at putting puzzles together? Then this is an event for you! Grab your friends or come with your family for a dueling puzzle competition. Prizes will be awarded to the first 3 teams in each category to complete their 500 piece puzzle in the time slot. The puzzle is manufactured by the company behind PuzzleTwist® branded jigsaw puzzles and will be a special keepsake! The competition will be split into five divisions over four time slots…

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2023 Saintly City Cat Show

Saturday, Jan 28 @ 9:00 am
Saint Paul RiverCentre, 175 West Kellogg Blvd
Saint Paul, MN 55102 United States
$12.00

45th Annual Championship & Household Pet Cat Show January 28-29, 2023  Exhibition Hall, RiverCentre, 175 West Kellogg Blvd - St. Paul, Minnesota 55102 SHOW HOURS:  Check in: 7:30-8:30 a.m.  Saturday: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.  Sunday: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.  Admission Adults - $12 (discount with a Winter Carnival button), Children - $8  More Information: http://saintlycitycatclub.org/

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Vulcan Reveal

Saturday, Jan 28 @ 10:00 am - 10:30 am
Como Lakeside Pavilion, 1360 Lexington Parkway N
Saint Paul, MN 55103 United States
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Come see the 2023 Krewe and Vulcanus Rex LXXXV get introduced to their adoring fans! WHEN: Saturday, January 28th at 10 am SHARP for approimately 30 minutes WHERE: Como Lakeside Pavilion, 1360 Lexington Parkway N. Saint Paul, MN

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Winter Carnival Orchid Show

Saturday, Jan 28 @ 10:00 am - Sunday, Jan 29 @ 4:00 pm
Como Park Zoo & Conservatory, 1225 Estabrook Drive
Saint Paul, MN 55103 United States

The Orchid Society of Minnesota's "Winter Carnival Orchid Show" is being held January 28-29, 2023 at the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory, 1225 Estabrook Drive, St. Paul, MN from 10am-4pm. Judging is being held on January 28, 2023 at 7 AM. To learn more, click here.  

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2023 King Boreas Grande Day Parade, Presented by Priority Courier Experts

Saturday, Jan 28 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Rice Park, 109 4th Street W
Saint Paul, Minnesota 55102

The King Boreas Grande Day Parade is our daytime procession down West 7th Street featuring dozens of bands, floats and, of course, the newly crowned King Boreas and his Royal Family. Businesses, governmental agencies, community groups are all welcome to participate.  Parade Route: West 7th at Smith to 5th Street to Washington to 4th Street and disassembly will start at Market on 4th.  Disassembly will continue to Wabasha. All Hotel Guests will be directed to Kellogg and Market for entry and exit…

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Rock The Palace

Saturday, Jan 28 @ 9:00 pm - Sunday, Jan 29 @ 1:00 am
Saint Paul Hotel, 350 Market St,
Saint Paul, MN 55102 United States
$15

Come one, Come ALL to the best party around! Celebrate the triumphant return of King Boreas and his Royal Family to his winter playland. The Order of the Royal Guard of the Saint Paul Winter Carnival present the "Rock the Palace", featuring 8Foot4 Come celebrate the "Coolest Celebration on Earth" with the Royal Guards. Pre-Sale tickets online are only $10 at www.royalguards.org and $15 the door.  (This event is open to the public) Your ticket will include: -A Great time! -Celebrity appearances…

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Saint Paul Winter Carnival Fire & Ice Winter Run, Presented by Xcel Energy

Sunday, Jan 29 @ 8:00 am - 11:00 am
Minnesota State Fairgrounds, 1265 Snelling Ave N
Saint Paul, MN 55108
$30 – $60

It’s cold outside, which can mean only one thing – it’s race time! Gather up your thermal underwear and neck warmers and start training today for this annual event! Runners will have the opportunity to participate in a NoK (pay to not run), 5K, 10K, 15K, 20K and Kid's Run. Click here to register today!  Presented by:

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2023 Individual Block Ice Carving Competition, Artisan Division

Sunday, Jan 29 @ 9:00 am
Rice Park, 109 4th Street W
Saint Paul, Minnesota 55102
Free

The 2023 Individual Block Ice Carving Competition, Artisan Division, starts on January 29 at 9 AM. Each artisan team will be given 6 suspenseful hours and a couple blocks of ice to bring their frozen masterpieces to life. The Individual Block Ice Carving Competition is guided by a strict set of rules, requiring artists to utilize their best creative thinking and remain incredibly attentive to every detail. Judging immediately follows the completion of the contest. Be sure to check out the…

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2023 Individual Ice Carving Competition, Professional Division

Sunday, Jan 29 @ 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Rice Park, 109 4th Street W
Saint Paul, Minnesota 55102

The 2023 Individual Block Ice Carving Competition, Professional Division, starts on January 29 at 9 AM. Each artisan team will be given 5 suspenseful hours and a couple blocks of ice to bring their frozen masterpieces to life. The Individual Block Ice Carving Competition is guided by a strict set of rules, requiring artists to utilize their best creative thinking and remain incredibly attentive to every detail. Judging immediately follows the completion of the contest. Be sure to check out…

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